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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Coronation Street dream sequence - Yay or Nay?

Did anyone enjoy the Corrie dream sequence earlier this week? I'm still not sure what I thought of it, to be honest.

And can anyone remember Corrie ever doing a dream sequence before in its 56 years?

As I'm posing this blog post as a Yay or Nay, which demands a reaction one way or t'other from fans I should get off the fence and make my own opinion known.

Therefore ... I think, on the whole, it has to be a Nay from me.

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25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Huge Nay from me - leave it for the trailers (John H)

njblas said...

Awful:) So jarring and ill-suited to Corrie. Although I don't remember seeing it, I remember reading that back in the 70s there was a dream sequence featuring Gail Potter (as she was then). Anyone remember it?

Anonymous said...

A terrible idea, last employed by Bouncer in Neighbours.

We'll be seeing Les Dennis come back to life in the shower next!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely and resounding NAY - and take the annoying background music with it! Quit trying to emulate American TV, that's why we turn them off and watch Corrie instead.

GraemeN said...

Nay.

Anonymous said...

I actually liked it as it was brief and a bit "Prisoner-esque." (Wow, referencing that TV really show dates me. lol) If there is an occasional experiment here and there, I'll say it's much better than the incidental music, which I dislike intensely. Now, with that said, experiments should definitely not be overdone. A very short dream sequence like that shouldn't be done more than once or twice a year. Just my opinion.

David said...

We saw Jack and Vera reunited in a dream sequence when Jack Duckworth died.

Maricha said...

Nay. These tricks are used by shows to give us an idea of what a character is feeling but good acting already does that and if the acting is bad they don't save the story anyways; so, why waste valuable time on special effects?

Mags said...

Nay, nay and thrice nay!

John from Corriepedia said...

Njblas, it wasn't a dream sequence but had the viewer "hearing" Gail's thoughts as she checked herself over in a mirror. See here: http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_1598_(10th_May_1976)

As the notes states, there were similar occurrences in two other episodes. See here:
http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_1432_(7th_October_1974)
http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_1584_(22nd_March_1976)

I don't know of any other dream sequence in the programme of the nature that we saw the other night. I did like it though.

abbyk said...

I thought it was well done and revealing, and thankfully brief. Would have preferred words and actions that expressed his terror but as Andy hadn't told anyone at that point, all we had was inner dialogue. Don't make it a regular thing, though. Ditto for the panto Pat dramatics.

Scott Willison said...

I would only be on board with Corrie doing dream sequences if they were as jaw droppingly awful/amazing as Neighbours' attempts. Not just the legend that was Bouncer's Dream (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3hlm1pm0mM) but also that episode where Clive got a bang on the head and imagined a Christmas fantasy where Plain Jane Superbrain was a fairy. INCREDIBLE SCENES.

Anonymous said...

I remember in Home and Away just after Bobby died, someone oрened the fridge door and the ghost of her came out, now that was shocking!

Anonymous said...

Also the famous Dallas scenario in order to get Bobby Ewing back, they decided that the fact that he had died had to be re-written. So, the next series he came out of the shower and revealed that the whole рrevious year's worth of eрisodes had all been a 'dream'! this of course meant a comрlete re-write for the whole next series, so the fans then felt they were now watching Dallas - the рarallel universe! - and don't get me started on Fallon in Falcon's Crest getting abducted by aliens! :))))

Ancient corrier said...

Nay!

coconno196 said...

Fallon was in Dynasty. I think Falcon's Crest was set in a California winery.

Tvor said...

I didn't think it was too bad. It was obvious straightaway it was a dream and it was short. I hate dream sequences when you can't tell it's a dream and it looks like something awful/amazing is happening then the person wakes up. urghgh

maggie muggins said...

Hmm, a mild nay for me. Too much of Phelan glaring. I didn't pick up on it immediately, just thought it was a very odd opening for a few seconds. True, it wasn't overly long, which would elicit a very strong nay.

So cool that Corrie fans so closely watch & discuss odd changes like these. Really shows how dedicated we are! One gripe I have lately is some of the younger cast are starting that business of talking too fast and garbling words again. Gary (Mikey North) comes to mind, but there are other characters too. They appear to act like they're off-screen and not in a TV show with people watching! I love the character & actor, but enunciate a bit more, please. :-)

njblas said...

Thanks for the info about Gail's "dream", John!

Nick Wakeham said...

Absolutely dreadful!! Words fail me

Dime said...

Made me nauseous

Anonymous said...

Although I didn't really like the sequence, someone smacking Рhelan with a рlank of wood is quite aррealing :)

Anonymous said...

Oh yes Fallon was in Dynasty - but this crazy event may have haррened to her in the Colbys (oh how the time flies - this was soooo 80's :))

coconno196 said...

Yes I remember now, the alien abduction was indeed in the Colbys, which was even dafter than Dynasty.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Scott Willison!

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